WASHINGTON – The National Association of Evangelicals held a power-packed student leadership conference this week to help get the next evangelical generation to make a difference in the world.
"I watched and read and did nothing," said Patrick Schmidt, a senior at Georgetown University and leader of STAND (Students Taking Action Now: Darfur), as he described his initial encounters with the genocide in Darfur. These are the utterances of many other students in the younger generation - a generation that the NAE wants to raise in leadership.
Some 120 seminary and college students took in an earful of faith and politics, and global and national issues that they had been little educated on at the 50th Annual Christian Student Leadership Conference. more >>
Following a 50-year tradition of inspiring young Christian evangelicals to enter the political and public service arena, the National Association of Evangelicals are hosting some 120 seminary and college students in Washington for a weeklong conference packed with seminars, visits to the White House and Capitol Hill, meetings with congressmen, and debates on faith and politics.
“What we are attempting to do is to educate the next evangelical generation of leaders on their public policy priorities and to help make careers in public policy and federal service a possibility for them,” said Richard Cizik, vice president of NAE’s governmental affairs division, who headed the annual Student Leadership Conference for 25 years.
The NAE Student Leadership Conference began in 1956 and has since helped hundreds of young evangelical students connect with people and opportunities in Washington. Past Alumni from the program include Clyde Taylor, Jr., Foreign Service Officer and Retired Ambassador; Senator Dan Coats, (R-Ind.), retired Ambassador to Federal Republic of Germany; and Ronald Leighton, a Federal District Court Judge. more >>
A cross-section of evangelicals increasingly embraces the need for a transfer of leadership to the next generation, as well as a larger role in society and government.
The National Association of Evangelicals, with its two million younger members, have coupled the two interests together in one week of intense training in biblical and political worldview.
The nation's evangelical network will host the 50th Annual Christian Student Leadership Conference for college student leaders in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 16-20. more >>
Evangelicalism in America has been the subject of numerous discussions, debates and studies over the past few decades, as the landscape of American Christianity rapidly changed. While many mainline and historic denominations suffered from membership loss and financial downfalls, evangelical churches continued on a steady upward trend of growth in membership, power and influence. This year, the evangelical movement came into the spotlight, largely for its unquestionable influence on the 2004 election results.
The following is the full text of a Dec. 2 interview with Rev. Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals and the World Prayer Center. Haggard is also the founder and senior pastor of New Life Church – one of the largest evangelical churches in America and the largest church in Colorado.
What do you believe was the largest milestone for evangelicals in 2004? more >>
Each January, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) provides an opportunity for students from colleges all over the United States to gather in Washington, DC. to meet national leaders and to experience the federal government in action. In 2005, the NAE will again host its Annual Christian Student Leadership Conference on Jan 24-28 in the nation’s capital.
The conference is designed for students to build leadership capabilities and character qualities to become future potential leaders. Students will learn how to integrate public concerns with biblical values. Subsequently, they will develop skills to influence government and election politics.
The conference will also provide a unique opportunity for students to build a network of contacts through which career positions might be obtained. more >>
Political observers say “that half the Christians in America aren’t even registered to vote, and of those who are, only half go to the polls” and that “it would be safe to say that less than half of all professing Christians vote in a given election.” Therefore, with 2004 being one of the most critical election years in the nation, Christians on both conservative and liberal wings are rallying adherents to get out the vote and choose the candidates who most closely represent their ‘values’ and ‘principles.’
The largest Evangelical conglomerate, the National Association of Evangelicals, last month released an “Evangelical Call to Civil Responsibility,” where conservative Christians were urged to “help shape the actions of the world’s lone superpower.”
"This statement supports thoughtful and sustained evangelical engagement in political life,” said Dianne Knippers, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “We want to encourage evangelical citizens to be involved in political parties and activities, including an unabashed advocacy of biblical principles and positions." more >>